Thomas Tighe: November 17, 2020


What organizations in your local area are doing this holiday season, how YOU can help–even without money–and if your selected charity is reputable 


President and CEO of Direct Relief (nonprofit humanitarian medical organization); former COO of the Peace Corps 


This has been an overwhelming year for people across the United States. From the Covid-19 health crisis to the devastating wildfires and hurricanes that have battered our communities, Americans have faced a multitude of challenges in 2020. 


Direct Relief, a leading nonprofit humanitarian medical organization, recognized the need for early intervention in the Coronavirus pandemic. On January 27, it dispatched its first shipment of PPE in response to the outbreak to China. On January 28, a month before the CDC confirmed the first case of community spread in the U.S., Direct Relief deployed thousands of N95 masks, protective gowns and exam gloves to health facilities. Over the next six months, the organization delivered 17,553 medical aid shipments to 2,591 health facilities in 54 U.S. states and territories and 86 countries. Additionally, it has issued more than $40 million in grants to community health centers, clinics, and other non-profit health providers serving people across the U.S. and world at disproportionate risk from Covid-19 and other emergencies such as wildfires and storms. 


If you are interested in getting involved in helping those in need in your community but you’re not sure where to start, help is here. Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief and former COO of the Peace Corps will be available for interviews on November 17. In this segment, he will offer details on: 

·       How to support relief efforts in your local community 

·       Guidance on using Charity Navigator to determine if a charity is reputable 

·       Ways to get involved by donating your time instead of making a financial donation 



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MORE ABOUT THOMAS TIGHE: Thomas Tighe has served as President and CEO of Direct Relief, a nonprofit humanitarian medical organization, since October 2000. From 1995 to 2000, Tighe served as Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of the Peace Corps, overseeing day-to-day operations of the agency’s worldwide programs. A 1982 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Tighe received a J.D. in 1985 from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in May 2003. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher in rural Thailand from 1986 to 1988. He was selected for the Aspen Institute’s 2003 class of Henry Crown Fellows, is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and is a former member of the Board of Directors of InterAction and Antioch University Santa Barbara. 



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